In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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Can't forget Smoke on the water (deep purple) goodnight saigon and the longest time (billy joel)
- 10. Big Area by Then Jericho
powerful song, always scream out the words and strain my lungs
- 9. Somewhere In My Heart by Aztec Camera
always undecided between aztec and deacon blue
- 8. Tanita Tikaram by Cathedral Song
soft, but gorgeous
- 7. I've Been Losing You by A-ha
a-ha grow up
- 6. Angel Eyes by Wet Wet Wet
who wouldn't get wet wet wet to this song?
- 5. Hymn To Her by Pretenders
i just like the lyrics
- 4. It Doesn't Have To Be This Way by The Blow Monkeys
just plain sing-along-cool
- 3. Eloise by The Damned
the best version of this song.
- 2. Love And Pride by King
the hair, the hair! and those boots!!!
- 1. Gold by Spandau Ballet
the eighties in one, short word!
- 10. Sorry For Laughing by Josef K
- 9. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
- 8. Eternal Flame by The Bangles
- 7. Here Is The House by Depeche Mode
- 6. I'm Not Scared by Pet Shop Boys
- 5. Take On Me by A-ha
- 4. Oblivious by Aztec Camera
- 3. Love Is A Shield by Camouflage
- 2. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
- 1. Palm Of My Hand by The Pale Fountains
By: Drew MacDonald
- 10. Angel by Madonna
- 9. Obsession by Animotion
A Great Dance song.
- 8. Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby
Favourite song of the decade.
- 7. Physical by Olivia Newton John
I enjoy the video for this one! Love that headband.
- 6. How Will I Know by Whitney Houston
Her First Big Hit.
- 5. Every Little Step by Bobby Brown
good song bobby!
- 4. Now And Forever by Anne Murray
No countdown the year this song came out would be compete without this song.
- 3. Take On Me by A-ha
Best song of the 80's
- 2. Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby
An Excellent Dance Tune
- 1. I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz
- 10. Careless Whisper by Wham!
Simply the best drama romantic song with great bassguitar
- 9. Human by Human league
Heheh... the only song I like from them.. a neat ballad
- 8. Do Me Right by Pebbles
Great R&B song
- 7. I Wonder If I Take You Home by Lisa Lisa And The Cult Jam
Great disco dance hit..
- 6. I Should Be So Lucky by Kylie Minogue
A good summertwist beat
- 5. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
Has a good beat with a summer twist
- 4. The Reflex by Duran Duran
the rock / synth music
- 3. Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
Nice balad... very relaxing..
- 2. With Or Without You by U2
Way far beyond...
- 1. Take On Me by A-ha
Artistic clip... nice comic love :D
I'm convinced that in 1984 the song: Evelyn Thomas - High Energy is the root of House music..
- 10. Rhythm Of The Night by DeBarge
Catchy, happy fluff froma totally forgettable movie.
- 9. I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz
- 8. Sweet Dreams by Air Supply
- 7. True by Spandau Ballet
Slight, warm, soft and sincere (if a little cheesy). In other words, what all great '80s ballads were made of. (See Air Supply)
- 6. You Got It All by The Jets
One of several great songs by the Jets. Whatever happened to them??
- 5. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- 4. Heaven by Bryan Adams
- 3. Ya Mo B There by James Ingram & Michael McDonald
- 2. Being With You by Smokey Robinson
- 1. Out Of Touch by Hall & Oates
I saw H&O in concert last month, and "Out of Touch" sounds even MORE awesome live!
By: Mary Shenesey
- 10. Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths
My favorite song from the smiths
- 9. Borderline by Madonna
All of Madonna's music from the eighties is fabulous
- 8. Blasphemous Rumors by Depeche Mode
Love this song
- 7. Invincible by Pat Benatar
Remember the movie "legend of Billie Jean." I do it was a great eighties movie. If you haven't it is a must see.
- 6. Dance Along The Edge by Concrete Blonde
I love Johnette Napolitano. Anything she does is great.
- 5. Show Me by Cover Girls
A definite 80's group. you know you are from the 80's if you can remember them.
- 4. The American Soviet by CCCP
Just a really good underground song
- 3. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart
This is just a funny song, if anyone can remember it
- 2. Good Enough (Goonies) by Cyndi Lauper
This song just take me back to the cheesy 80's and I love it. It's funny how many people don't remember this song
- 1. This Woman's Work by Kate Bush
This is just the most beautiful song I have ever heard. Kate Bush just makes incredibly touching music
By: alvin prithi
michael jackson was the best performer in the 80's
- 10. Night Train by Visage
Another summer song but loads of great memories - as well as the rest of the songs in my list - but music kind a helps you remember memories of Summer (when England used to get one) dont you think? Rounding down 10 songs is impossible but I hope you like my choice xxx
- 9. Edge Of Heaven by Wham!
Wasn't upset when they split up unlike most girls....... but what a great song!
- 8. Cloud Bursting by Kate Bush
Very talented lady in my opinion
- 7. Slave To The Rythm by Grace Jones
one thing to mention - michael parkinson ?!
- 6. Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
Had to be there to appreciate it - but i love it!
- 5. Sign Of The Times by Belle Stars
reminds me of snow!
- 4. Down Under by Men At Work
Always makes me smile!
- 3. Rip It Up by Orange Juice
Such a cool track
- 2. Walkin' On Sunshine by Rockers Revenge
I think if i'm not mistaken this was an autumn/winter song which I have never got sick of hearing.
- 1. Africa by Toto
Just a fantastic song!
- 10. Every Breath You Take by The Police
- 9. Need You Tonight by INXS
- 8. When Doves Cry by Prince
- 7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- 6. Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor
- 5. Straight Up by Paula Abdul
Late 80's, but still a great tune!
- 4. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
- 3. Like A Prayer by Madonna
madonna is and will always be amazing!!!!
- 2. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
- 1. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
jon bon jovi!!!!! yeahhhhh!!!
Theres nothing to it... the 80's ROCKED!!!!!
By: The Ryno
To me, no music will ever be better than the 80s
- 10. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
The first two chords, followed by EH-EH-EH-EH..... and people in the disco got crazy! It does happen now also? I'm not sure.
- 9. Such A Shame by Talk Talk
If I had to choose only one song as representative of 80's, this is it: probably not the best, but the most "80's" in my opinion
- 8. Hard To Say I'm Sorry by Chicago
Great ballad, great atmosphere
- 7. Big In Japan by Alphaville
You know when the first notes of a song immediately bring to your mind some people and places and make you feel good?
- 6. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
This was pure energy. Rock.
- 5. A Forest by The Cure
Well, how could I forget about them?
- 4. Save A Prayer by Duran Duran
Now I wasn't a big fan of Simon Le Bon & C., but this was really a great song
- 3. Africa by Toto
One of those songs you'll never be tired to listen
- 2. Bad by U2
Best song from the best album of the best 80's band.
- 1. Invisible Sun by The Police
The start of this song has something really unique
The best album of 80's (and also 70's, 90's, ever): Pink Floyd - The Wall
By: Ashley Blair
- 10. Madame Butterfly by Malcom McCLAREN
The Guy behind the song "Buffalo Gals" and the group "Sex Pistols". This song brough rock to opera, one wicked, wicked song!!!!
- 9. How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
This song is so edgy. One of the best songs of all time.
- 8. Girls on Film by Duran Duran
- 7. Nova Heart by The Spoons
Canadian New Wave Band, awesome song....
- 6. Atomic by Blondie
This song sold 500,000 in 17 days in the UK....What an Incredible song, sexy and so COOL!!!
- 5. Planet Claire by B' 52's
This 1980 song should have been a Monster Hit, sadly it was a bomb...
- 4. The Message by GrandMaster Flash
2 years after Blondie's Rapture, this song is probally the best and most important rap song of all time
- 3. Take On Me by A-Ha
This Song is so catchy, I love it....
- 2. Rapture by Blondie
The first rap song to hit #1, this song broke the doors down for Run Dmc and Aerosmith, Beastie Boys and so on...
- 1. Call Me by Blondie
#1 Charted Song of 1980 on BillBoard, this song from American Gigolo Soundtrack defines the 1980s like no other song.
My personal opinion, that Blondie was the defintive act of the 1980's. By 1983 they were no longer a band, but the 3 #1 singles they had in the 80's really defined it. They brought techno new wave to mass millions, because of Deborah Harry's vocal and visiual appeal. Madonna owes alot to the doors that Deborah opened up. Honourable mention is the Mega Smash "The Tide is High" which brought Reggae flavoured music to millions of people around the Globe, the same year they did the same for Rap with Rapture.
- 10. Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol
I love the lyrics and music to this song.....
- 9. Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper
"If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting....time after time......."
- 8. Planet Claire by B-52's
This has one of the greatest beats to it....this song is what the 80's were..
- 7. When Doves Cry by Prince
Prince is one of the best musicians ever...
- 6. Burning Up by Madonna
"Do you want to see me down on my knees..I'm bendin over backwards now will you be pleased,...I'm not the others I'll do anything.....I'm not the same I have no SHAME...I'm on fire.."....This song IS Madonna....
- 5. With Or Without You by U2
BoNO is one of the best singers ever...
- 4. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns and Roses
ArE YoU in the Jungle BABY??!!??
- 3. Roxanne by The Police
This is one of the best reggae/punk/mix songs ever!!!!
- 2. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
"hey now, hey now....don't dream it's over...." The best one hit wonder....
- 1. BorderLine by Madonna
This is Madonna's best song and video....she is beautiful in this one....this song started her off.........
Top Ten Female Artists- 1. Madonna "Like A Virgin" 2. Expose "Seasons Change" 3. Sweet Sensation "Victim of Love" 4. Cyndi Lauper "All through the night" 5. The Bangels "Eternal Flame" 6. Sa- Fire "Don't break my Heart" 7. Debbie Gibson "Foolish Love" 8. Roxette "It Must've been love" 9. The Pretenders "Middle of the road" 10. Lisa Lisa and the cult jam "Take me home" Top Ten Male Artists- 1. U2 "New Year's Day" 2. The Police "Every Breath You Take" 3. Billy Idol "White Wedding" 4. Prince "Erotic City" 5.Beastie Boys "Paul Revere" 6. Guns and Roses "November Rain" 7. AC DC "Back in Black" 8. B-52's "Rock Lobster" 9. Aerosmith "Janie got a Gun" 10. Rick James "Fire and Desire" 80's is the best decade of music.....it changed with technology allowing new forms of music....I love all kinds of 80's music from punk,new wave,funk and dance, hip hop, heavy metal, freestyle , breakin beats' or just pop.....i love it all..but couldn't fit each song on here.....if there was a top 1000 on the other hand.....
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